David Marsh is headed to Berkeley to assist head coach Dave Durden with the men’s collegiate team at Cal until the NCAA Championships. A formal announcement with more details about his title and role is expected on Friday.
Marsh returns to collegiate coaching two years after resigning as the head coach of UCSD in 2019. Marsh spent two seasons leading the Tritons, who ended up finishing 10th (men) and 6th (women) at the 2019 NCAA Division II Championships.
Marsh is currently the head coach of Team Elite Aquatics in San Diego, California, and the ‘Professional Adviser’ of the Israel Swimming Association. In addition, he coaches the LA Current during the ISL Season, who most recently finished 4th at the 2021 ISL Finals.
Marsh developed Team Elite through his role with SwimMAC Carolina, a position he held for nearly a decade. As the CEO and Director of Coaching of SwimMAC, he was able to develop a group of elite athletes that generated 14 Olympians for the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Games.
In 2016, Marsh was given the role as 2016 Head U.S. Women’s Olympic Swim Coach. Under the guidance of Marsh, Team Elite put more athletes on the 2016 United States’ Olympic swim team than any program in the nation. If Team Elite were a country, they would have placed 4th in the medal standings in Rio. Some of the most notable athletes in that group include Ryan Lochte, Katie Meili, Kathleen Baker, and Anthony Ervin.
Marsh is arguably most known for his stint as the head coach of Auburn, where led the Tigers from 1990-2007. In his tenure Auburn amassed a record-setting 12 NCAA Team Titles, 7 on the men’s side and 5 on the women’s side.
Notably, Durden was a former assistant under Marsh at Auburn from 2002-2005. Durden was on staff for six of the Tigers’ NCAA Team Championships, with the men winning in 2003, 2004, and 2005, and the women winning in 2002, 2003, and 2004.
Marsh will assist Dave Durden, Chase Kreitler, and volunteer assistant Matt Martinez with the men’s team. Cal is currently seeded 2nd on the CSCAA Top-25 Polls and features three Olympians on their varsity roster: Hugo Gonzalez (Spain), Robin Hanson (Sweden), Bryce Mefford (USA), and Bjorn Seeliger (Sweden).
Kreitler and his wife are expecting the birth of their child in February, which opens the door for Marsh to come in as an assistant under Durden.